St Hugh’s JCR voted on Sunday to lift their three-week boycott of formal hall for the rest of Michaelmas, after a compromise was reached with the college. The JCR has been protesting the college’s sudden ban on bringing alcohol to formal hall, which college authorities claim was a reaction to poor behaviour by students.Earlier in the term the college banned the bringing of alcohol to hall, and upped the price of a formal ticket to Â£10.40, which included two glasses of college wine or fruit punch — a move which angered drinkers and teetotallers alike. The new system, which the JCR has temporarily accepted “in the spirit of compromise”, brings the cost of a ticket back down to Â£7.25 for a non-wine ticket and to Â£8.75 for a wine ticket. The reduction in price has been brokered by the JCR, which will be sourcing cheaper wine to be served at hall, working out at just 75p a glass. Unlike the current system, unlimited additional glasses will be available for diners to purchase at the staff’s discretion.The changes address many students’ concerns about value for money. One commented, “the agreement that the JCR can buy in its own wine is particularly good to see because that should stop formal becoming exorbitant.”While the boycott has been lifted and many JCR members will be heading back to hall when the new policy comes fully into force next week, the motion (passed by approximately 40 to 5) has an amendment, meaning that this could only be a temporary reprieve: unless a JCR meeting at the beginning of Hilary term permanently ends the boycott, it will kick back in.Victor Greenstreet, the St Hugh’s JCR President, told us, “I do not think the compromise system is perfect by any means – in fact the motion makes it explicitly clear that I, as the President, will continue to push for a return to the bring-your-own system we had last year.” The JCR plans to make a submission to a scheduled review at the end of Michaelmas, and as Greenstreet explained, “the main reason for the amendment was to show the college that the JCR is prepared to return to the boycott if our views are not taken seriously.”Popular opinion at St Hugh’s seems to be that the compromise is better than nothing. St Hugh’s student Joseph Williams said, “I fully support lifting the boycott… While a return to the old system is still our ultimate aim, the new rules are far more favourable.” It is hoped by many that a display of good behaviour will work in students’ favour. Williams welcomed the opportunity for students to show the college that they “don’t need to be treated like children,” and was hopeful that the end of term review will bring a favourable result.One St Hugh’s third year told Cherwell, “Although the ideal solution would be a return to bringing our own wine to formal, I think this is a good compromise and a chance for us to show college we can behave responsibly and with respect for college staff.”Another remarked, “If the college don’t agree to a return to the old system in Hilary I’ll be disappointed, not least because I like rosÃ© with some meals, and I’m not sure the JCR’s getting that in.”Clemmie Shott, a second year physiologist, argued that progress had been made, saying, “I think that it’s a good thing that they’ve listened and have reacted to the boycott.” She nonetheless stressed her opposition to the ban, saying, “It’s unfair to punish the whole college — if there is bad behaviour, they should just ban the culprits. The whole charm about St Hugh’s is that it’s unpretentious and for them to start acting like this about formal hall goes against the spirit of the college.” The college declined to comment on the issue, with the Dean, Peter Mitchell, saying, “I have nothing to say to Cherwell on this or any other matter regarding St Hugh’s, now or at any time in the future.”
Early Voting Begins In IndianaApril 12, 2018 Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Eligible voters in Indiana can cast their ballots in person at their county clerk’s office or can cast an absentee ballot through the mail from now until May 7, the day before the primary election.Voters who choose to vote by mail may request an absentee ballot online at www.indianavoters.com or from their county clerk’s office. Request for absentee ballots by mail must be delivered by April 30.Secretary of State Connie Lawson kicked off the early voting period by casting her ballot at the Hendricks County Courthouse early Tuesday morning.“Early voting and absentee voting give Hoosiers more options when casting their ballots and many take advantage of the opportunity,” Lawson said in a news release. “In the 2016 primary, we saw 282,288 voters cast absentee ballots, and it is clear Hoosiers value that flexibility.”Military families are encouraged to remind those serving overseas to request an absentee ballot in advance of the deadline.Hoosier voters can go to www.indianavoters.com to view a sample ballot and check their county election information. Some counties allow in-person absentee voting at multiple locations, at the discretion of the local election board. Those seeking information about who is on the ballot can also check the website.Hoosiers who are unsure of their registration can confirm their registration online at www.indianavoters.com. Voters may also request an absentee ballot and verify their polling location on the website.FOOTNOTE: TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
typewriter WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: DO you think that we should have a two term limit for the Mayor of Evansville?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 17 years.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Today the Environment Agency has published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2017-2018 outlining what has been achieved in the last financial year.This report lays a positive foundation for the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan which has a clear ambition for our generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it. The Environment Agency was closely involved in shaping the Plan, and it is now one of our main responsibilities to deliver it.This year’s report highlights considerable progress that the Environment Agency has made towards fulfilling the goals set out in our Action Plan up to 2020.Over the past year the Environment Agency has: This report demonstrates the commitment of all those who work for the Environment Agency to do the right thing for the environment, to create a better place for people and wildlife, and to help support economic prosperity. Over the course of the past year the Environment Agency has made good progress towards the goals set out in the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan, reducing pollution, enhancing habitats, protecting homes and businesses from flooding and strengthening our incident response capabilities. invested 1.3bn into protecting the environment. reduced its carbon footprint by 45% against the 2006 – 2007 baseline year. enhanced over 2,000km of river habitats. created over 1,500 acres of new habitat for wildlife. better protected over 45,000 additional homes from flooding this year. informed over 1.4 million people about our free Flood Warning Service. trained 6,500 staff to respond to flooding. reduced the number of serious and significant pollution incidents to their lowest levels since 2011. Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, said: The Environment Agency is here to create a better place for people and wildlife, delivering flood protection and water security, regulating industry and supporting sustainable growth across the country.You can read the report by clicking here or by following the link belowhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environment-agency-annual-report-and-accounts-2017-to-2018
Load remaining images Shakey Graves rolled into Norfolk, VA’s The NorVa last Wednesday, July 27th, ahead of their performance this weekend at FloydFest in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Dedicated fans poured into The NorVa to groove along to the songwriting of the Austin, Texas performer. Mixing blues, rock, funk, and more, Graves commands an audience at every turn, and puts on one great show!Photographer Sam Shinault was there to capture some great images from the show; check out the full gallery below!
[H/T JamBase] On Friday, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy took to San Francisco to perform a solo show at The Fillmore. However, outside the music world, Friday was a big day for citizens closely following the contentious Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, as the Senate voted to move to a final (narrow but successful) vote on Saturday to confirm the judge.During Tweedy’s Friday night performance, an audience member shouted out support for Kavanaugh toward the end of the one-set show, leading to an embroiled arguing match between the Kavanaugh-supporting fan and the Wilco frontman. As noted by JamBase, the combative verbal sparring lasted for over five minutes and allegedly resulted in the attendee being removed from the show by The Fillmore’s security.As explained by a well-known, high-profile show reviewer on a Wilco fansite, bböp, the incident began following a take on “Impossible Germany” after “Jeff made a joke about how each person in the audience should yell out some sort of ‘affirmation’ between songs.” After the audience member in question yelled out “Kavanaugh” in response to this prompt, the singer began engaging with the fan, asking him what his favorite ruling from the judge is, prompting laughter from the crowd. After the crowd member responded that Kavanaugh ratified Roe v. Wade, Tweedy dismissed the comment, stating that “Kavanaugh did not ratify Roe v. Wade” while the audience laughed, later adding “You don’t know what the word ‘ratify’ means. You don’t.”After a pause, Jeff Tweedy took a moment to offer his own thoughts on the Supreme Court nominee,I will tell you what I think. I think he’s a lying sack of shit with ugly, chicklet teeth. I think there’s about a thousand people that could have been picked, but the point was for them to be cruel. The point was to show women that they are not going to be fucking paid attention to. That’s the whole point. They are not going to be listened to. That’s the whole point. If they had any decency at all, they would have chosen somebody else. They had the votes … anybody else. Don’t you think that would have brought the country together?The San Francisco crowd erupted into cheers following Tweedy’s monologue. However, the original heckler then continued their argument, asking why it took so long for the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh to come out, adding that the accusations weren’t brought up until the last minute. In response, Tweedy asked, “When is the best time to bring up sexual assault, sir?”Eventually, the combative crowd member tried to de-escalate the encounter, noting that this wasn’t what either of them was there for, he didn’t want to argue with Tweedy, and he loved the Wilco frontman. However, Jeff didn’t take the invitation to move on. Rather, Tweedy doubled down, noting that the audience member was “taunting me by yelling ‘Kavanaugh.’ You love me? Then, why would you taunt me like that?”, later noting that “as far as I’m concerned, that’s hate speech.”Following an explosion of cheers from the audience, Jeff Tweedy continued, “You don’t have to worry now, do you? ‘Cause you’re a white guy.” After the audience member noted that Jeff was also a white guy, the performer explained, “I don’t have to worry, but I still care because I fuckin’ care. We can all make sacrifices we don’t need to make because it’s the way the world should work.”After realizing that the man in the audience was with a child, Jeff’s tone immediately changed, exchanging his once-confrontational attitude with what seemed to be sincere compassion for the son. Directly addressing the heckler’s child, the singer asked, “Is that your dad? I’m sorry, buddy. I’m really sorry. I’m sure he’s a good dad. I’m happy to play my music for you guys; I honestly am.” From there, Jeff Tweedy launched into a new song “Let’s Go Rain”, moving out of the heated encounter.However, as reported by bböp, later in the show, Jeff Tweedy continued to reference the prior political argument in a lighthearted manner. After “California Stars”, the singer joked, “I was just trying to think of a scenario when I would go to a show and taunt somebody,” with Tweedy angrily shaking his fist and yelling out “Ginsberg” as the crowd laughed.You can watch most of Jeff Tweedy’s interaction with the Kavanaugh-supporting fan below, courtesy of Nick Jong. JamBase also posted a number of tweets from someone who claims to be the audience member in question, which can also be read below.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro appears to be counting on yet another “miracle” to save his citizens from COVID-19. He’s promoting a secretive solution with no published scientific evidence he claims will conquer the new coronavirus. Maduro said on television over the weekend that “it’s a powerful antiviral” that neutralizes the coronavirus. But his government has released no evidence and he’s touted other ephemeral treatments in the past. He even kept secret the name of the person behind it. Scientists at home and abroad remained skeptical. The local National Academy of Medicine said it appeared be derived from the common herb thyme.
Several powerful storms blew through Georgia in recent weeks and provided tree removal services and insurance companies plenty of work to do. Examining storm-damaged trees can provide many insights into why trees “fail” during windstorms.Two of the most common forms of tree damage during windstorms are limb breakage and windthrow, or trees uprooted or broken by wind. Major limbs often fail when a heavy wind load, or the force on a structure due to the impact of wind, affects multi-stemmed trees or trees with narrow, vertical branches. Branches and stems that grow close together are structurally weaker than branches or stems that grow at wider, more horizontal angles. Over time, included bark becomes trapped between narrow, vertical branches and stems. As the tree becomes larger, this bark acts as a wedge, forcing the branches further apart. Eventually, the right wind comes along and pushes the branches or stems just far enough apart to split the wood.To help prevent this, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends selecting only those trees that have one main stem and wide branch angles (45 degrees or wider) when adding new trees to your landscape. Correct any narrow, vertical branches and co-dominate stems with proper pruning and training while the trees are young.Soft-wooded, fast growing trees, such as willow, silver maple, ‘Bradford’ pear and edible pear species, tend to have very weak, narrow branches that grow vertically. These species are generally considered short-lived since they have a tendency to self-destruct after about 20 years. They are also prone to wood rot and are often the trees that fail in windstorms. Avoid planting these types of trees close to your house or near high traffic areas. Trees that blow over, roots and all, are typically those that have shallow root systems. For example, in the recent storms, many Leyland cypress trees were wind-thrown. Wind-throw is also common when high winds are accompanied or preceded by heavy rains. When the ground is saturated and the soil becomes soft, trees are easily uprooted.Shallow root systems may be the result of compacted soils, frequent shallow watering, and limited soil volume adjacent to walls, foundations, driveways, sidewalks and parking lots. Trees can also be uprooted and/or blow over because of root damage due to soil excavation, the use of heavy equipment over the tree’s critical root zone, or trenching for utilities. Avoid planting trees in areas that have limited space for root growth and protect trees from construction damage. Many large, older trees develop internal wood rot, compromising the structural stability of the tree. Wood rot in landscape trees is often the result of poor pruning practices, especially “topping” and other bad pruning cuts (such as leaving branch stubs) that create open wounds for extended periods. These open wounds allow water to penetrate the tree’s wood, which invites wood rot and wood-decaying fungi. By the time conks or mushrooms grow on the tree trunk or root flare, the tree is in advanced stages of decay and may be at risk of tree root or stem failure. Infection and growth of the fungus in the wood take years to produce outward signs of conks and mushrooms. There is no cure for wood decay. When decay fungi are present, it’s only a matter of time before the strength of the tree’s stems or roots is compromised, causing the tree to break or fall. With recent rainfall amounts and saturated soils, keep a close eye on these types of trees for any shifting of the root plate and soil cracks that might indicate impending root failure for as long as these trees remain standing. Eventual tree removal is recommended. If you have big, old trees on your property, consider consulting a certified arborist. If a tree is determined to be hazardous, a certified arborist will recommend removing or selectively pruning the tree to diminish the hazard. Locate a certified arborist online at www.isa-arbor.com.
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo October 14, 2016 The Brazilian Army is testing its first Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) used to locate and identify targets. The 9th Campaign Artillery Group (9th GAC, per its Portuguese acronym) will be in charge of the prototype called the Horus FT 100. “The Target Search Battery is a military unit whose fundamental objective is to provide data on targets and send them to an artillery unit so that it is able to react more quickly against a threat,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Moacyr Azevedo Couto Junior, commander of the 9th GAC. “It doesn’t operationally exist yet in the Brazilian ground forces,” he added. The RPAS – an aircraft equipped with controlling software, is one of the tools used by the Battery to locate and identify targets within a given radius of action. It is being studied for deployment in missions along the borders, in addition to specific artillery-related activities. “During border operations, we will be able to use the RPAS to, for example, do reconnaissance on bodies, observe roads and vicinities, monitor suspicious cars on highways, and identify targets,” Lt. Col. Couto said. “We haven’t participated in any operations yet because we’re in the team- training stage, but we’ve already had the ability to engage in this type of mission,” he added. The first flight is expected to take place by the end of 2016, during the Federal Police’s Operation “Antonio Joao”. “After pilot training and a series of activities with the system have been completed, it will be possible to develop a proposal to deploy the Battery, so that it can start operating, in practice, within the Brazilian Army,” stated Lt. Col. Couto. That phase is known as the experimentation phase, and is scheduled to end in 2017. Strategic positioning The group’s proximity to Brazil’s border areas – around 230 kilometers from Paraguay and 310 kilometers from Bolivia – is one reason it was chosen to undertake the experimentation mission. The 9th GAC is subordinate to the 4th Mechanized Calvary Brigade, which encompasses the area where implementation of the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON, for its Portuguese acronym) began in 2014. The project calls for the installation of a technological platform equipped with radars, computers, and communication systems along 16,000 kilometers of Brazil’s borders. The goal is to combat the most common crimes in these areas, such as drug trafficking and contraband. “The Horus FT 100’s deployment joins forces with SISFRON’s tools, expanding the Army’s capacity to monitor our border regions,” says Lt. Col. Couto. The Horus FT 100 was delivered to the 9th GAC in February. Since then, attempts have been made to connect the system with the SISFRON equipment, yielding positive results. “We transmitted RPAS images to a SISFRON control center in real time during an ongoing operation. It worked really well,” Lt. Col. Couto said. Eyes in the sky The Horus FT 100 is an unmanned aircraft. These types of flight platforms are known as “eyes in the sky” because they expand the military’s aerial observational capacity. Sensors attached to the aircraft act like “eyes.” The Horus FT 100 has the capacity to operate with four types of sensors: an electro-optical imaging and infrared sensor (for nighttime operations); a laser target designator sensor (to identify a point with precision); a signal intelligence sensor (to capture long-range communication data); and an aerial photogrammetric sensor (which enables maps to be produced using photographs). The aircraft acquired by the Army works with daytime multi-camera video that transmits images in real time. Regarding the equipment’s characteristics, First Lieutenant Marcelo Fontes da Costa Filho, one of the pilots in the Target Search Battery, explained that the aircraft is a short-range category 1, able to travel a maximum radius of 27 kilometers at a maximum height of nearly 3 kilometers. “But, for filming, the ideal scenario is for the aircraft to remain at 4,000 feet, which is more or less about one kilometer in the air,” 1st Lt. Marcelo said. During takeoff and landing, the Horus FT 100 is operated by a pilot from the ground using a radio-controlled system to fly the aircraft. While it is in the air, the aircraft is not flown by a pilot, but by software programmed with the entire route, along with all the actions to be completed by the aircraft. “Before the mission begins, we program the software. But this itinerary can be modified during the operation,” 1st Lt. Marcelo added. Pilot training The Target Search Battery team has four pilots, two of whom have already completed training. 1st Lt. Marcelo is among them. Training began in 2014 at the FT Sistemas, Horus FT 100’s manufacturer, headquartered in upstate Sao Paulo. “During training at the manufacturer, we learned about the equipment’s aerodynamics, the aircraft’s assembly, radio-controlled operation, software programming, and everything else required using the Horus FT 100,” 1st Lt. Marcelo stated. “But our training didn’t stop there. Every week, we go through flight-training activities.” Afterwards, they completed two aeronautical knowledge internships. The first one, held last year, took place at the Army’s Aviation Instruction Center in Taubaté, and the second at the Army’s Third Aviation Battalion in Campo Grande. “The goal of this internship is mostly to provide a view about flight safety,” 1st Lt. Marcelo added. Flight safety not only focuses on the equipment but also on the pilots, 1st Lt. Marcelo explained. This requires paying attention to the weather forecast and prior contact with the Air Force to avoid having other aircraft in the same area where the flight will take place. It also requires that the team carefully select the site where it is going to position itself to operate the aircraft. “We try to choose a spot as far away as possible from side roads that might be used by suspects to surprise us,” 1st Lt. Marcelo concluded.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man was arrested Monday for allegedly robbing a woman and forcing her to commit a sex act in Inwood, Nassau County police said.Alok Parekh, 30, of Glen Oaks, was charged with criminal sexual act, robbery, grand larceny and resisting arrest.Fourth Squad detectives alleged that he met the 30-year-old victim at a pre-arranged location and drove around in his Smart Car, but when the victim wanted to get out, Parekh took her cell phone and demanded that she withdraw cash from an ATM, which she did.“The defendant then forced the victim to engage in a sexual performance and then demanded more money from the ATM,” police said in a news release.After she complied, the victim was released, police said. The suspect told the victim that her phone and driver’s license were in a bag on the ground, but they were not, police said.The suspect was apprehended outside of his home, but as they began to take him into custody, he ran toward the house, tried to slam a door into an officer and violently swung his arms and twisted his body while refusing verbal commands, police said.Parekh will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.